Operation Millpond : U.S. Marines in Thailand, 1961
Laos in the years following World War II -- The situation in Laos deteriorates, 1960-61 -- President Kennedy commits U.S. forces -- The order to deploy Marine Corps forces is issued -- MABS-16 is task organized for its mission -- The execute order -- The MABS-16 mission -- the early days of Operation Millpond -- Your only comment will be "No comment" -- Aircraft maintenance and line maintenance operations - the first weeks -- Camp construction -- Logistics -- Medical support -- Communications -- Morale, welfare, and People-to-people programs -- Aircraft and line maintenance operations -- Epilogue -- Endnotes -- Appendix. Original orders
Publisher Quantico, Va. : History Division, United States Marine Corps ;
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Call number DS558.2 .H64 2009
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"This operation highlights the role that the small country of Laos played in the foreign policy calculations of the newly elected U.S. President, John F. Kennedy. Gravely concerned that the Laotian government was in danger of being overwhelmed by a growing Community insurgency known as the Pathet Lao, President Kennedy to the bold step of deploying Marine Ar Base Squadron-16 (MABS-16) to nearby Thailand for the purpose of supporting a collection of helicopters piloted by an organization called Air America. Hollywood later made a movie about Air America, it is now widely known that it was linked to the Central Intelligence Agency. The Marines of MABS-16 received no such fanfare. Working behind the scenes in austere conditions, MABS-16 gave new meaning to the phrase "in any clime and place.: While Operation Millpond may seem like a small thing in comparison with much larger operations that were soon to be conducted by Marine in the Republic of South Vietnam, it nonetheless represents a clear beginning to a growing U.S. military commitment to the region as a hole, one that did not end until the las Marine left the roof of the American embassy in Saigon in 1975." -- p. iii
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